HEROES OF IMPILTUR
The newly-crowned king of Impiltur. Ryu is the son of the late King Imbrar II and the Moon Elf Star Ranger Moenna Nónámo. Moenna after discovering she was pregnant, and apparently shamed by her condition, covertly used the Star Sextant to flee to the oriental continent of Kara-Tur. The Spellplague hit shortly thereafter and nobody discovered her story until nearly a hundred years later. Moenna made her way to the Imperial City of Shou Lung and died giving birth to Ryu. As was customary for orphans in that country, Ryu was given to a clan of monks to raise. He ended up with the Hooded Cobra clan whose tenants called for members to ritually keep their faces shrouded at all times. Thus Ryu and those around him never knew of his half-elven heritage. He ended up serving with distinction as guardian for three generations of the Emperors of Shou Lung. By the time heroes met him he was minister of security for the current Emperor. Although only middle aged by half-elven standards he was introduced as a grizzled, old, veteran to the party. Indeed he acted the part being unaware of his own heritage. Ryu blamed himself for Eiko’s condition an accompanied the group escorting her to the Celestial Dragon Monks. Ryu exhibited high moral principles during the adventure. When made aware of the consequences of placing the girl in the Spellfire he regretfully refused the Emperor’s command because he knew the girl would never be willing to inflict harm on others for her own sake. When the Spellfire was unleashed, rather than risk being turned into undead by its power, Ryu committed seppuku and stabbed himself with his sword. On the bleeding edge between life and death he was unaffected by the Spellfire. The princess Eiko used the same herbs used to keep her in stasis to preserve him until he could be healed. With his mask burned away and his elven features revealed the heroes realized that they had found the heir. After they explained his heritage to him and feeling that he had discharged his obligations to the Emperor, Ryu agreed to accompany them back to Impiltur. With his experience at the court of the Emperors of Shou Lung combined with his unwavering honor, Ryu is poised to become a great leader for the people of Impiltur.
First Appearance: Level 15